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Old 10-01-02, 02:50 PM   #1
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ever do a face plant right into a bridge?

I did on Sunday, that was... interesting. Been training for a canoe/bike/run triathlon and had been canoeing hard for about two hours. I then came back to camp just long enough to take my shortie stem off and put the original longer one back on, because those shorties suck going up hills. So now my upper body is nice and tired, and my front end of the bike is unfamiliar.

I ride about 9 or 10 miles, getting nice and worn out but still going fairly fast, and come to a small bridge going over a creek that's about 6 feet deep. It's about three feet wide, 10 feet long, and it's made out of 2x8's with 2x6's on top, with no ramp going up to it, just a square entrance about 9" high. I pop up my front end with the usual effort, which I *assume* wasn't quite high enough, because before I knew what hit me, WHAM, face plant right onto the bridge. My front tire never made it over the lip, but my bike did keep flipping over and landed on top of me on my back. I just laid there for a few minutes in pain, looking like I was dry humping the planks. I was ok though. Just a bruised ego. Felt kinda silly crashing into a clearly visible miniature wall of wood.
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Nope, but I did fall OFF a log bridge into a stream that was about 5' down. Not a big deal, except it was February and very very very cold. Got up, pushed my bike up the hill and tried it again. Made it the second time.

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What a funny image you just painted in my head! Did anyone else get to see this? I hate wasting a good crash. Hope your face is fine
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The way you wrote, I could see the whole thing happen... I'm still laughing! I hope you're alright...

I munched today too! Was coming down the Rocky Ridge trail (a technical single track downhill of about 3 miles), and decided to get a little air... Well I got air, but I landed with my front wheel right in the middle of a transition into a sloping rock face. Needless to say I was over the bars and 10 feet off the trail before I knew what happened (well, actually I did know what happened but there was nothing I could do about it at that point...such a helpless feeling) Good thing The trail was turning to the left and my momentum carried me away from all the rocks... I landed on my shoulder and rolled a few times into some surprisingly soft weeds and grasses! Nobody saw it though...I hate that!

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yeah the dry-humping description painted quite a scene
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